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The Wait is Almost Over!

30 Mar

Two – count them – TWO more days!  At midnight on April 2nd, the United States National Archives will release the 1940 census – the first to be released in 72 years.  For those of us that research our family history – this is like the Super Bowl on steroids!  I am essentially foaming at the mouth.  I can’t wait to find my father (and many other family) in the 1940 census.  And then there are the brick walls – will the 1940 census solve some mysteries for me? 

Stephen P. Morse in his article published in the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (December of 2011) stated that a complete name index will not exist until at least six months after opening day.  Consequently, if you hope to find your ancestors in the 1940 census, you will need to find them by location – and specifically you will need to know which enumeration district they resided in.  You can read the entirety of Mr. Morse’s article here.  Additionally, Stephen Morse has a tool on his website which he calls the “One-Step.”  This will enable you to quickly figure out the enumeration district that your ancestor lived in and hopefully give you a head start into the search for your ancestors in the 1940 census.

                                                           Fun facts about 1940: 

….the average car cost $1,611

….a gallon of gas cost 18 cents

….a loaf of bread cost 8 cents

….a typical man’s suit cost $24.50

….nylons cost 20 cents

….an Emerson radio cost $19.65

….a Philco refrigerator cost $239

….a pork loin roast cost .45/pound

….the average home cost $3,920

….a Sealy mattress cost $38

….the movie “Rebecca” by Alfred Hitchcock won the Academy Award

….the song “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw was a top song

We laugh at these costs now – but keep in mind – taking inflation into account – $100 of their money would translate to $1,433.771 in today’s market.

For those of you who are working on the same family lines – let’s partner up – no sense in duplicating effort!  As I find family in the 1940 – I will post here.  As you find family – send me the image. 

I know what I’m doing this weekend – I’m hunting down enumeration districts !

 

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Odds and Ends

 

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2 responses to “The Wait is Almost Over!

  1. Charles R. Hale

    March 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

    So now we can solve some of those “whatever happened to” questions, Judy. I have one ancestor who supposedly fell off a tugboat and drowned, but they never found his body. Sure, he did.
    And then there was a great grand uncle who went for a pack of cigarettes and never returned. I think they called that one an “Irish divorce.” Not sure why they blamed that on the Irish but there you have it.
    Charles

     
    • Judy Curbow

      March 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      LOL! Yes, we have one of those too, and I don’t think he was Irish! His wife sent him out to the neighbors to borrow something. They never saw him again. Well…..now he’s been caught in the census…..at the far end of the state with a comletely new family. Old coot married 7 or 8 times. With my family – I’m almost afraid to see what I’ll find in the 1940 census!

       

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